Ross Mackenzie

Federal District Judge Harold Murphy, finding that minorities are not disenfranchised by a Georgia law requiring voters to provide a photo ID when going to the polls: “Voters who lack photo ID undoubtedly exist somewhere, but the fact that plaintiffs, in spite of their efforts, have failed to uncover anyone ‘who can attest to the fact that he/she will be prevented from voting’ provides significant support for a conclusion that the photo ID requirement does not unduly burden the right to vote.”

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, an African-American and a Republican, on his low profile within the black community: “If I were black with a ‘D’ (for Democrat) behind my name, I’d probably (have been) in every liberal newspaper on the front page the day President Bush appointed me.”

John Yoo, Berkeley law professor and formerly a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, on leftist reaction to Thomas’ recently published book, “My Grandfather’s Son”: “Liberals now are girding to insinuate that Justice Thomas is so angry about the personal attacks on him during his confirmation hearings that he must be unfit to sit on the bench. But if Justices Stephen Breyer or Ruth Bader Ginsburg are the apple of liberal groups’ eye, does that mean they are unfit because they must be biased? Liberal attacks on Justice Thomas echo segregation-era hate speech that would be called racist if leveled at any other black.”

Forbes magazine reporters in an Oct. 15 article entitled “Anonymity & the Net”: “The effects of masked behavior online grew darker with the rise of blogs (the first one is said to have debuted in late 1997, and a decade later some 70 million exist). It accelerated more recently with the explosion in social network sites such as MySpace (with 110 million users).”

Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and current Republican contender for the presidential nomination: “Who do you trust here — Hillary Clinton or General (David) Petraeus? I kind of think I’d go with the general, who’s got a record of honesty and integrity. And here he’s subjected to their attacks on his character at a time in which he is putting his life at risk for his country.”

Giuliani, continuing: “Do you see how these people look at the world? . . . The reality is if the (Iraqi) surge is successful, it’s not a problem for the Democratic Party — it’s good for America. We’re Americans, after all. And if there’s an attack on America, it’s not good.”

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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